Anna Akbari

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Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and “the thinking person’s stylist.” She is a former professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the department of Art and Art Professions at New York University, as well as the Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons The New School for Design. Her research focuses on visual self-presentation, visual culture, identity, technology/human relationships, and happiness. Akbari is the founder of Sociology of Style, which offers intelligent commentary on image and culture-related issues, and Sociology of Style services, its personal consulting division, which takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. A prominent thought leader, she is frequently called on as an expert and can be found speaking or writing for such outlets as TED, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times. Watch her TED talk; sign-up for Sociology of Style; read and hear more here; follow her on Twitter.

10 Stylish Staples With Staying Power

Dressing to impress isn’t always an easy formula. We’re often presented with the polarizing options of classic or trendy — which leads us to think that we must choose between conservative and boring or hip and fun. But there is something...

Fashion “Rules” Worth Breaking

Always wear this. Never do that. Women are perpetually fed hard-and-fast rules about what they should or should not do when it comes to fashion. And it’s not just about appealing to our vanity: We are taught to think that acting outside the...

Streamline Your Style and Save

Yes, minimalism is trendy. From tiny houses to sparse interiors to juice cleanses, strategic reduction is oh-so-chic. But unlike other trendy traps, sartorial minimalism is one craze that stands up to the hype. Limiting the number of items in...

10 Summer Staples That Will Last Beyond the Season

Summer is the season of “light,” and it’s the perfect time to lighten up your wardrobe (and leave your wallet a little heavier). You may have heard that men can own just 10 pieces of clothing and wear them indefinitely on repeat. In the hotter...

Don’t Fall For These 5 Pricing Tricks

Never underestimate the lengths retailers will go to to get you to spend more. Everything from product placement to music to scent can subconsciously coerce you into opening your wallet. But perhaps the most pervasive and effective strategy...

5 Science-Backed Steps to Get Happier

An estimated 50 percent of our happiness levels come from our genes (also known as our “set point”), which means the other 50 percent is a combination of our circumstances and voluntary choices. So, if you’re a glass half-full kind of person...

Which Warm Weather Wardrobe Trends Are Worth It?

A seemingly innocent trip through the grocery store checkout line can be a recipe for a trend overdose. Aisles of magazines beckon for your attention showcasing seasonal fashions that promise to make you the hippest person in the room. But is...

Make Your Wardrobe Work for You

Growing up, my mom made many of my clothes. We’d go to the fabric store together and select patterns and textiles, then she’d measure me and get to work on her sewing machine. She is a skilled seamstress, so the fruits of her labor were beautiful...


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